Crimewatch appeal after High Birstwith armed burglary

A Crimewatch reconstruction of a High Birstwith armed burglary led to eight calls to programme from the public and five calls to North Yorkshire Police.

The Kempley family who were left traumatised by armed robbers in their High Birstwith home last year featured on Crimewatch last night (Monday June 2).

Police in Harrogate

Police in Harrogate

Leigh Kempley and her son Ben spoke out about their terrifying ordeal in the programme which was shown on BBC one.

The family were threatened with crow bars when four masked man broke into their family home on December 6 last year.

The men, who were of Asian appearance, threatened to shoot Ben who was just 16 at the time of the raid and took six shotguns, a rifle and a collection of expensive jewellery.

The robbers then fled the scene in the family’s white Porsche 911, which they later abandoned on White Wall Lane, in Tang.

Ben said: “The threats they were proposing was initially that they were going to kill my mum and sister. When you get told that by people you don’t know in balaclavas with crow bars it is a serious threat.”

Leigh said: “I wouldn’t tell them where anything was, I just wouldn’t tell them. So they threatened to shoot Ben, what do you do when somebody does that to you? That is really tough.”

Detective Inspector Andrea Kell, said: “We have received some encouraging calls, particularly about the stolen jewellery. These will be followed up over the coming days.

“Anyone who has any information and has not yet got in touch is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police and ask for Harrogate CID. Or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”